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El-Zakzaky’s wife tests positive for COVID-19 in prison

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Mallama Zeenat, the wife of the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), popularly known as “Shiites” Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky  has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Kaduna State Government charged El-Zakzaky and Zeenat with eight counts bordering on alleged culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and disruption of the public peace among other charges.

It could be recalled that  House of Representatives, Amnesty and other Human Groups have severally asked the Nigerian government to obey court orders mandating it to release Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), on bail.

 

The duo have been in detention since December 2015, following clashes between members of the group  and the Nigerian Army which led to many loss of lives and destruction of property.

EL-Zakzaky’s son, Mohammed El Zakzaky  confirmed the development in a statement he personally signed and made available to reporters.

The statement said: “six days ago after a routine visit to the Kaduna State prison by my parent’s doctors, my mother complained of fatigue, fever, and a complete loss of the ability to smell. The doctors decided to carry out a number of standard tests in order to understand what the problem was. Among the tests that were carried out was a test for COVID-19.

“This was a routine procedure and it is important to understand that she has been denied treatment for acute medical conditions including severe arthritis of the knee for years now.

“The Covid-19 test came back positive. I imagined that due to the diligent way in which the prison management had been conducting and managing the facility, a Covid-19 outbreak would be extremely unlikely. Because we have been doing our own due diligence and taking all possible measures at all times, we imagined that they were safe from the clear and present danger of COVID-19. To the best of my knowledge, the prison authorities have also been doing the same.”

The Full text read as thus:

COVID-19 Hits Kaduna Prison, As My Mother Tested Positive

By Mohammed Ibraheem Zakzaky

6 days ago after a routine visit to the Kaduna State prison by my parent’s doctors, my mother complained of fatigue, fever and a complete loss of the ability to smell. The doctors decided to carry out a number of standard tests in order to understand what the problem was. Among the tests that were carried out was a test for the novel corona virus also known as COVID-19. This was a routine procedure and it is important to understand that she has been denied treatment for acute medical conditions including severe arthritis of the knee for years now.

The COVID-19 test came back positive. I imagined that due to the diligent way in which the prison management had been conducting and managing the facility, a COVID-19 outbreak would be extremely unlikely. Because we have been doing our own due diligence and taking all possible measures at all times, we imagined that they were safe from the clear and present danger of COVID-19.To the best of my knowledge the prison authorities have also been doing the same.

Once I heard of the result my first act was to ensure that it was tried, tested and confirmed. I expected that following our risky entrance into the predictable petri dish of Kaduna State prison for what it is; the person in charge of Kaduna State prison will officially do his job. And must inform the State Governor Nasiru El-Rufai and the chain of command that the current campaign of torture, extortion, corruption and murder has come to this and my mother Zeenah Ibraheem needs to be immediately hospitalized. This has not been done and so I have no choice but to scream the details out.

This is how it currently stands:-

On day 0/Zero. This most horrific news was delivered to the deputy controller of prisons (DC) and his most immediate superior (CP). He granted unrestricted access for all medical staff to deliver primary care to my mother, Zeenah Ibraheem.

On day 1/One The Medical Team was harassed and pestered to throw all caution and care, or risk threats to their persons, their families and their personal Integrity. During their efforts to deliver immediate primary care.

On day 2/two apparently the order came down on the controller of prisons (CP) to test again. The thorough and diligent efforts of all the many professionals who have done their job is not enough. The test result must be tested again. And so we did. Because apparently they want to test the veracity of medical results that were from the same labs following the same protocols.

On day 3/three my mother Zeenah Ibraheem is yet to be hospitalized. Instead there seems to be a commotion of people bent on using the COVID-19 virus as an assassination tool.

I want to ask; why is my mother not in a hospital? Why are you doing this? We all know that Covid-19 requires an immediate response of urgent adherence to medical advice. Why are the rules being bent against her and him? By her I mean my mother Zeenah Ibraheem. By him I mean Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky.

On day 4/four The Idea of follow appropriate protocol as the rules might require. Recognize that you don’t have to soil your hands in the same pit as the Evil trio. As an inaugurated, certified and confirmed, member of the hit squad that can kill people on command, I say this: this is not a joke.

On day 5/five at the 11th hour I am completely helpless and powerless to do anything to save My mother who is currently infected with Covid-19. If the same is true for my father I will not be able to do anymore.

Today is day 6/six since I heard about the outbreak. This is the Nigeria in which I was born, This Is the Nigeria in which I live, This is the Nigeria in which my brothers have been murdered, this is the Nigeria where you will never be allowed to take care of even your own mother.

From Day 0 the medically required procedure has been to:

1)The testing of all primary contacts associated with the positive patient, who is in this case my mother, Zeenah Ibraheem. And also my father’s primary contact. 

These have been done.

2) Attend to the Medical Necessity that requires the immediate Hospitalization of all positive patients in this case my mother Zeenah Ibraheem.

This disruptive plague is not a joke. It has not disappeared, it will not miraculously disappear and it is not a conspiracy theory.

My mother is still in Kaduna prison at the moment, she is yet to be hospitalized, she is yet to receive proper health care.

Mohammed Ibraheem Zakzaky.

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Two travelers fall into the hands of kidnappers for ransom in Osun

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Again, travellers kidnapped in Osun
The arrest is coming four days after seven travellers were kidnapped in the state.

Two travellers have been kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Saturday evening at Wasinmi area, along Ife-Ibadan expressway in Osun State.

This was confirmed in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES by state police spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola.

This latest abduction is coming four days after seven travellers were kidnapped at Ibokun-Osogbo road in the state.

Speaking on the latest kidnap, Mrs Opalola said the victims were heading towards Ikire area when they were captured.

She said the police have deployed personnel to the scene of the incident and three suspects have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping.“­Consequent upon the incident of 6th March 2021 around 7:00pm, where a gang of criminals/hoodlums intercepted and attacked a Toyota Previa commercial Bus with Reg. Ondo KTP 331 RG plying Ibadan/Akure expressway by Egbu Village Ikire, in which unsuspecting commuters were eventually dispossessed of their valuables and the driver and one other abducted; the Police in prompt response, engaged the criminals in firefight which led to the arrest of three (3) suspects, and the rescue of other commuters safely to Ikire Police Division. The arrested suspects are making useful statements.

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NIGERIAN ARMY APPROVES NEW POSTINGS AND APPOINTMENTS

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In a bid to re-position the Nigerian Army (NA) for optimal performance, the NA has released postings and appointments of some affected senior officers. The posting which was approved by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru is a normal routine aimed at re-invigorating the system.

The major highlights of the postings and appointments include; Major General AS Maikobi from Administrative Staff College of Nigeria(ASCON), to Headquarters Training and Doctrine Command and appointed Commander, Major General DC Onyemulu from Armed Forces Simulation Centre to Special Task Force (Operation SAFE HAVEN) and appointed Commander, Major General SA Yaro from Nigerian Army Welfare Limited by Guarantee to Nigerian Defence Academy as Commandant, Major General LA Adegboye from Headquarters 82 Division to Defence Headquarters and appointed Chief of Defence Training and Operations, Major General OI Uzamere from Army Headquarters Department of Army Logistics to Headquarters Infantry Corps Centre and appointed Commander, Major General OF Azinta from Defence Headquarters to Army Headquarters Department of Army Training and appointed Chief of Training, Major General JB Olawumi to remian in Defence Headquarters and appointed Chief of Defence Logistics, Major General CO Ude from Defence Headquarters to Nigerian Army Training Centre and appointed Commander, Major General G Oyefesobi from Defence Intelligence Agency to Headquarters Command Army Records and appointed Commander, Major General BM Shafa from Defence Research Development Bureau to Army Headquarters Department of Army Transformation and Innovation and appointed Chief of Transformation and Innovation, Major General KAY Isiyaku from Defence Headquarters Garrison to Headquarters Nigerian Army Corps of Artillery and appointed Corps Commander Artillery.

Others include; Major General MO Uzoh from Nigerian Army Resource Centre to Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria and appointed Director General, Major General AM Aliyu from Headquarters Training and Doctrine Command to Army Headquarters Department of Administration (Army) and appointed Chief of Administration, Major General CC Okonkwo from Special Tasks Force (Operations SAFE HAVEN) to Nigerian Army Welfare Limited by Guarantee and appointed Group Managing Director, Major General JJ Ogunlade from Nigerian Army Resource Centre to Headquarters Multinational Joint Tasks Force and appointed Force Commander, Major General AM Dauda from Nigerian Army Resource Centre to Headquarters Nigerian Army Ordnance Corps and appointed Corps Commander Ordnance, Major General AA Jidda from Ministry of Defence to Army Headquarters Department of Army Logistics and appointed Chief of Logistics (Army), Major General IM Yusuf from Multinational Joint Tasks Force to Army Headquarters Department of Army Operations and appointed Chief of Operations, Major General SA Adebayo from Headquarters Nigerian Army Intelligence Corps to Defence Intelligence Agency and appointed Chief of Defence Intelligence, Major General FB Fakrogha from Defence Space Administration to Defence Headquarters Garrison and appointed Commander, Major General AB Omozoje from Headquarters 2 Division to Army Headquarters Department of Civil-Military Affairs and appointed Chief of Civil-Military Affairs, Major General EN Njoku from Army Headquarters Department of Transformation and Innovation to Defence Headquarters and appointed Chief of Defence Communications , Major General BA Isandu from Nigerian Army Intelligence and Cyber Warfare School to Defence Intelligence Agency and appointed Director of Operations, Major General AM Alabi from Army Headquarters Department of Projects and Programmes to Nigerian Army Ordnance School and appointed Commandant, Major General AA Adesope from Defence Headquarters to Headquarters Nigerian Army Finance Corps and appointed Chief of Account and Budget (Army).

Similarly, Major General KI Mukhtar from Depot Nigerian Army to Nigerian Army School of Infantry and appointed Commandant, Major General DH Ali-Keffi from Defence Intelligence Agency to Headquarters 1 Division and appointed General Officer Commanding, Major General TA Lagbaja from Army Headquarters Department of Training and Operations to Headquarters 82 Division and appointed General Officer Commanding, Major General S Dahiru from Army Headquarters Department of Transformation and Innovation to Army Headquarters Garrison and appointed Commander, Major General UA Yusuf from ECOWAS to Headquarters 8 Division and appointed General Officer Commanding, Major General LA Fejokwu from Army Headquarters Department of Administration (Army) to Headquarters 81 Division and appointed General Officer Commanding, Major General AB Ibrahim from Defence Space Administration to Depot Nigerian Army and appointed Commandant, Major General JO Ochai from Defence Headquarters to Army Headquarters Department of Army Operations and appointed Director Operations, Major General GU Chibuisi from Army Headquarters Department of Civil-Military Affairs to Headquarters 2 Division and appointed General Officer Commanding, Major General SG Mohammed from Army Headquarters Department of Training and Operations to Headquarters 6 Division and appointed General Officer Commanding.

Others include; Brigadier General IA Doma from Headquarters Training and Doctrine Command to Nigerian Army Properties Limited and appointed Managing Director, Brigadier General A Adamu from Directorate of Automated Data Processing to Nigerian Army Cyber Warfare Command and appointed Commander, Brigadier General V Ebhaleme from Nigerian Army Resource Centre to Army Headquarters Department of Army Operations and appointed Acting Director Peace Keeping Operations, Brigadier General CU Onwunle from Defence Headquarters to Directorate of Army Data Processing and appointed Director, Brigadier General ASO Onilenla to remain in Defence Intelligence Agency and appointed Acting Director Foreign Liaison, Brigadier General HT Wesley from Army Headquarters Department of Army Logistics to Office of the Chief of Army Staff and appointed Head Operations Monitoring Team, Brigadier General BA Muhammad from Army Headquarters Department of Transformation and lnnovation to 3 Division and appointed Acting General Officer Commanding, Brigadier General AU Kuliya from Army Headquarters Department of Policy and Plans to Headquarters Nigerian Army Intelligence Corps and appointed Acting Chief of Military lntelligence, Brigadier General DI Salihu from Intelligence Support Command to Land Forces Simulation Centre Nigeria and appointed Acting Director General, Brigadier General LG Lepdung from Headquarters Training and Doctrine Command to Headquarters 4 Special Forces Command and appointed Acting Commander, Brigadier General OA Fawole from Army School of Physical Training to Headquarters Directorate of Army Physical Training and appointed Director Physical Training, Brigadier General AK Onasoga from Headquarters Nigerian Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineers to Command Engineering Depot and appointed Acting Commander, Colonel AS Maikano from 81 Division Finance to Nigerian Army Welfare Insurance Scheme and appointed Acting Managing Director and Colonel AA Yusuf from 82 Division Public Relations to Nigerian Army School of Public Relations and Information and appointed Acting Commandant.

All postings and appointments takes effect from 10 March 2021. While wishing the newly posted senior officers well in their respective formations/units the Chief of Army Staff urge them to carry out their responsibilities in the most professional manner and absolute loyalty to the Commander- in -Chief and in defence of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

You are please requested to disseminate this information to the general public through your medium.

MOHAMMED YERIMA
Brigadier General
Director Army Public Relations
6 March 2021

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We Strengthen Security At Airports, And Our Staff Houses In Northern Nigeria – FAAN MD

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We Strengthen Security At Airports, And Our Staff Houses In Northern Nigeria – FAAN MD

The Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN, Captain Rabiu Yadudu says security has been strengthened across airports and its staff quarters in the northern part of the country.

This is coming on the heels of the recent attacks on FAAN staff quarters at Kaduna airport on Saturday morning by armed bandits and abduction some staff of aviation agencies and members of their families.

Captain Yadudu said they have been communicating and working with the security agencies and the State Government and have gathered some Information that would assist them handle the matter.

According to him, a risk assessment of a similar attacks on its staff last year from what was gathered from their investigation had helped them to come up with a robust strategy to counter such challenges.

“We have already beefed to security since last year it is not something new now, we have our own means of communication in countering this challenges a lot has been averted with what we have been doing, it is not something you know. Right now investigation is ongoing.”

The FAAN boss stressed that if there was a need for them to close the Kaduna airport due to the incident, they would do so but the recent attack does not warrant that as the FAAN quarters is far away from the airport “We have taken appropriate measure we just need to now improve to counter this evolving challenges.

The fence was broken, we have security personnel attending to the area but somehow some where things happen and now it is for us to counter, it is a risk, security challenges always come, they evolve and they improve and on our own part we keep improving”.

He assured that the security architecture of the airport would continue to be improved upon with the support of security agencies and the state government.

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